Myra Edith Keaton

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Myra Edith Keaton (Cutler)

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Modale, Harrison County, Iowa, United States
Death: July 21, 1955 (78)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Sylmar, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Frank Luke Cutler and Sarah Elizabeth Cutler
Wife of Joseph Frank Hallie Keaton
Mother of Buster Keaton; Harry Stanley Keaton and Louise J. Keaton
Sister of Burt Melvin Cutler

Occupation: Actress
Managed by: Kris Hewitt
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About Myra Edith Keaton

Myra Edith Keaton was an American vaudeville performer and film actress. She was the mother of actor Buster Keaton.

Myra Keaton was born in Modale, Iowa, the daughter of Frank Luke Cutler (1849–1935) and Sarah Elizabeth (née Shaffer; 1850–1887). She had an older brother, Burt Melvin Cutler, and a half-brother, Clinton M. Cutler.

As teenagers, Myra and Burt traveled and performed with their father's medicine show. Joe Keaton joined the show while they traveled through Oklahoma Territory in 1893. Myra and Joe married on May 31, 1894, and began performing together in various medicine shows and vaudeville. Their son, silent film actor Buster Keaton (Joseph Frank Keaton), was born on October 4, 1895. Their other children included Harry Keaton and Louise Keaton. At the age of four, Buster officially joined the family's vaudeville act, which was billed as "The Three Keatons". Myra and Buster left the act in 1917, as a result of problems arising from Joe Keaton's drinking.

All members of the Keaton family occasionally appeared in Buster's silent and sound comedies. Although estranged in later years, Myra remained married to Joe until Joe's death in 1946.

Myra Keaton died on July 21, 1955, in Los Angeles, California, aged 78. She died while her son, Buster, was on tour in England. She is buried at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Sylmar, California.

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Myra Edith Keaton's Timeline

1877
March 13, 1877
Modale, Harrison County, Iowa, United States
1895
October 4, 1895
Age 18
Piqua, Woodson County, Kansas, United States
1904
August 25, 1904
Age 27
New York, USA
1906
October 30, 1906
Age 29
1955
July 21, 1955
Age 78
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States